Benefits of White Tea

Published 6/21/13

For many centuries tea has been used as medicine, whether it be black tea, green tea, white tea or oolong tea. It comes as no surprise that tea is good for you and your health. However, studies show that white tea may be one of the healthiest of all teas. This may be due to the fact that it’s the least processed of all the teas and has the highest level of antioxidants.  

What Is White Tea?

White tea is made from immature tealeaves  and because the tealeaves are so close to their natural state they produce polyphenols. Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants, which fight cancer-causing cells and different types of cancers. In some cases, white tea works just as well or even better than prescription drugs, but without the side effects.


White Tea Benefits

Studies have also shown that white tea lowers blood pressure and thins blood, which helps with the function of arteries and prevents strokes. White tea has also been found to produce a lot of catechins, which is a type of antioxidant that lowers bad LDL cholesterol levels and increases the good HDL cholesterol levels. This high level of antioxidants not only effectively controls cholesterol levels but also helps rid the body of dangerous disease causing free-radicals that roam the body. By lowering blood pressure, thinning the blood and reducing cholesterol, white tea works to protect the heart and the entire circulatory system. Studies have shown that those who drink at least two cups of tea a day are less likely to die from a heart attack. 

White tea is also a great way to fight the common cold and flu because it’s a natural bacteria and virus killer. By killing bacteria it also helps maintain oral health by killing that bacteria that causes plaque buildup, tooth decay and bad breath. It’s also been proven to ease the symptoms of HIV and protect against many different other diseases. White tea has been shown to benefit those with arthritis and osteoperosis because it improves bone density and strength. It is also believed that white tea can do marvels for your skin by reversing the damage made by the sun, stress and poor diet. Overall, white tea helps your body in many ways and is something to consider drinking on a daily basis.

White Tea Downfall   

The downside to white tea is that it’s one of the more expensive teas, selling for around $25 USD for 2 ounces (serves 40 to 50 cups). However you’d definitely be paying for something worthwhile, both in taste and health.  Also something to consider is that white tea contains caffeine, and consuming a lot of caffeine may cause headaches, restlessness, nausea, difficulty sleeping and depression. So limit your intake of teas and caffeinated drinks in general. 

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